Grade 5s Participating in Road Safety Program

Dear families of grade 5 students:

A reminder that all Gr. 5 students participating in the Road Safety program with the York Region Police are asked to meet in the front lobby at 8:30am on Monday, September 18th.


York Region Police Road Safety Program September 18th

Dear Families,

Our schools work in close partnership with York Regional Police to promote safety in our school communities for our students, staff and families.

On the morning of Monday Sept. 18, 2017 parents and students should expect to see a heightened police and media presence in the area of W.J. Watson P.S. to educate drivers of the importance of driving carefully in school zones, especially during school hours.

The objective of this event is to educate members of the community of the importance of driving carefully in school zones, especially during school hours. The safety and well-being of our students is one of our top priorities at YRDSB and this event is one more way we are working to promote safety within our school community. Along with partners at York Regional Police, we would like to thank all of our community members who watch carefully for our students, avoid speeding in residential neighbourhoods and obey the laws governing school buses.

Please see the letter below from York Region Police for more information.




Community News – York Region Police

The York Regional Police have asked schools to share the following media release with all school communities:

Investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit have linked a recent Newmarket sexual assault to four other similar incidents. Investigators are releasing new video surveillance video footage of the suspect; as well as previously released video, and are seeking public assistance to identify him. On Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at approximately 7 p.m., a 59-year-old female, was walking through Upper Canada Mall. A man can be seen on surveillance video watching the woman and following her as she exits the mall. As she walked to her car that was parked in the south lot of the mall he followed her, hit her in the buttocks and ran south towards Davis Drive. Investigators believe this incident is linked to four other similar sexual assaults in Newmarket due to the similarities in the location, the type of assault and the suspect description. The additional incidents occurred on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at approximately 5:50 p.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at approximately 7:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at approximately 2:30 p.m. and Friday, September 25, 2015, at approximately 9:25 a.m. Investigators are appealing for anyone that may have witnessed any of the incidents, or anyone who can identify the suspect to contact police. The video is available for download at:

Please read the entire media release here.

Community Alert

The attached community alert was sent to us by York Regional Police with a request to distribute the information to our school communities. In accordance with the Police-Board Protocol, we are sending you the press release along with the following tips to remind your children about personal safety.

Here’s what children need to know:

  • Their name, age, telephone number, address, city and province. This can be done through rhyme or song.
  • How to contact their parents at any time, by memorizing cell or work numbers.
  • How and under what circumstances to call 911.
  • To never approach or enter a stranger’s vehicle.       A responsible adult would never ask a child for directions or any other question for that matter.
  • Make sure they know they have a right to say “no” to an adult, especially when the adult is asking them to do something they have been taught is wrong or feels uncomfortable. Reminding children of this right is important because children are taught from a young age to respect adults.
  • To always tell parents where they will be and to never enter someone’s home without their parent’s permission.
  • If home alone, never admit it when answering the phone. Never answer a knock at the door or speak through it. Adults can be very persuasive. Teach your child to call you if there is a knock at the door and if they fear for their safety, teach them to call 911.       Make sure they know that police officers are there to help them and would not get mad if it were a false alarm.
  • If they think they are being followed or are in danger they should run home or to a public place. If someone grabs them, they should try to get away, yelling and screaming while doing so.
  • It is important to play in safe areas, never take shortcuts and stick with a buddy whenever possible.


It is never too early or too late to teach children the importance of personal safety. Common sense, communication and consistency are the keys. Remind children to alert a responsible adult if something strange happens that makes them feel uncomfortable. Remember, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.


For more information on this subject, visit

International Walk to School Day!

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.  In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day.

Tomorrow York Region Police will be helping us celebrate International Walk to School Day by celebrating with those families that walk children home from school (3:30 p.m.).

For more information, please see